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Kanika Nevatia Sep 24 2014

What are the 10 reasons to visit Sri Lanka?

Etti Bali Sep 24 2014
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Here are the top 10 reasons to visit Sri Lanka. Sri Lanka is one of the most biodiverse countries on Earth and has been chosen by National Geographic as the second-best travel destination in the world. With several long weekends on the horizon, it’s the perfect time to take off to this paradise island. We give you 10 reasons to start planning that Sri Lankan getaway.

Sri Lanka (by McKay Savage)

Cultural Diversity

Sri Lanka is a thriving cultural hub where Hinduism and Buddhism are the main religions but there is also a sizeable population of Christians and Muslims. Mosques and churches paint the colourful landscape of the country, along with many heritage sites. A few of the places and pilgrimage sites popular in the country are Golden Temple of Dambulla, Adam's Peak, Saint Mary’s Cathedral, Seetha Amman Temple and the Colombo Grand Mosque.

Golden Temple of Dambulla (by Malcolm Browne)

Adam's Peak(from wikimedia commons)


Since Sri Lanka is home to many religious denominations and ethnicities, its no wonder that the country's cultural calendar is full the whole year round. The year begins with Duruthu Pereher--a celebration of Buddha's first visit to the country. Another major festival is Deepawali, which marks the victory of good over evil. Festivals like Navam Full Moon Poya and Vesak are celebrated with great fervour. No matter what time of the year you plan to visit the island country of Sri Lanka, you are bound to see some festivity or other going on, all thanks to the country's rich heritage.

Navam Full Moon Poya (by Malcolm Browne)

Vesak (by Shehal Joseph)

Tea Plantations and Resorts

Sri Lanka is home to Nuwara Eliya, which is home to the world-renowned Ceylon tea. Most of the tea plantations are located on the central-lower region of the island country. Choose to stay on one of the resorts in Sri Lanka to recreate the magic of the colonial era. Visitors can take a tour of the plantations, learn about the history, and sample some original brews native to the region!

Tea Plantation (by Marco Lazzaroni)

Ayurveda and Spa

Along with many Asian countries, Sri Lanka also celebrates its tradition of meditation and holistic healing. The 2000 year old practice of Ayurveda consists of herbal treatments, yoga, massages, hydrotherapy and beauty treatments. Most of the hotels offer in-house services, but if you want to indulge, then opt for the many spa resorts. Sri Lanka offers not just physical rejuvenation, but also revitalizes the mind and soul.

Spa at Amaya Beach (from the official website)

Ayurveda Spa (by Amila Tennakoon)


The people of Sri Lanka are a representation of years of foreign migrations to the island. The country is truly multi-ethnic and multi-religious. The prominent ethnic groups are Sinhalese and Tamils. The people are warm and hospitable, welcoming visitors with their eager smiles! It is the people that make a place and they sure are one of the top 10 reasons to visit Sri Lanka.

Kids at the beach (by edial68)

Adventure Sports
Sri Lanka offers some breathtaking views, with waterfalls, forests and beaches dotting its landscape. This diversity in geography allows for some fun adventure sports, including kayaking and canoeing, snorkelling, wind-surfing, scuba-diving and more. Archaeological sites also offer opportunities for trekking and hiking. Visitors can also explore nature trails at Horton Plains, Sinharaja Rainforest and Hakgala Strict Natural Reserve.

Diving (by Ton Kuper)

World Heritage Sites

The small island country boasts of a total of 8 heritage sites, as declared under World Heritage Sites, UNESCO. Two of these sites come under the natural heritage category. The best part about these heritage sites is that they are located in the compact region called the Cultural Triangle. The heritage sites include the ancient cities of Polonnaruwa, Anuradhapura, Sigiriya, Kandy, old town of Galle, Central Highlands, Golden Temple of Dambulla and the Sinharaja Forest Reserve.

Anuradhapura (by Hafiz Issadeen)

Destination Wedding

Plan your dream wedding in Sri Lanka! The naturally and culturally rich landscape of the island country provides a lot off getaways for a perfect, fairytale wedding. Couples can opt for the golden beaches, cliffs that overlook the Indian Ocean or even national parks!

Beach wedding at Saman Villas (from the official website)


Sri Lanka is a foodie's paradise, especially if you love spicy curries! Rice is a staple that is accompanied by various curries and lentil dishes. One of the best places to sample authentic cuisine will be the restaurants in Sri Lanka. The island boasts of some rare and unique fruits, such as rambutan, mangosteen, woodapple, beli and others. People with a sweet tooth must try buffalo curd with palm honey.

Sri Lankan speciality at Amaya Beach (from the official website)

Nature and Wildlife

The first ever wildlife sanctuary in Sri Lanka was established in 3 BCE by the country's first Buddhist monarch! Sri Lanka is a richly biodiverse country, and 13% of the country is conserved as reserves, national parks, jungle corridors and sanctuaries. It is a great place for bird-watching, with over 33 species of birds endemic to the region. Visitors can also explore the wildlife by opting for safaris and night camping tours.

Yala National Park (by prise69)

Sri Lanka is a paradise for nature lovers, adventure-junkies, foodies and couples who are looking for a tranquil escape. Here’s hoping that our guide to top 10 reasons to visit Sri Lanka has tempted you to pack your bags for this scenic destination!
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